One of a series of quotes for writers and others that you might find useful in thinking ahead to the new year: "Get that dream clearly in sight, start thinking weirdly, be committed and confident, use pressure as your energy bar, and practice laser-like focus. And, like all great performers, learn how to get into the trusting mindset routinely. Above all, be an artist. You have nothing to lose but your mediocrity." - John Eliot, in his book Overachievement.